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Ailey at the Apollo 2013: Gala Benefit Raises 1 Million Dollars

Posted by Content Manager, May 10, 2013 | Ailey At The Apollo

On May 7, Ailey returned to Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater for a one-night-only event featuring performances by the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, rising stars of Ailey II, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School, and talented students from AileyCamp Washington Heights and Newark. Ailey’s 2013 Spring Gala marked the first time all tiers of the organization have come together to perform on one stage.

Antonio Douthit. Photo by Andrew Eccles

The benefit, honoring Ailey Board of Trustees member Robert Kissane, raised a record breaking 1 million dollars for student scholarships to The Ailey School and the organization’s Arts In Education & Community Programs, including AileyCamp.  Artistic Director Robert Battle welcomed Honorary Chair Kimberly Chandler and over 900 guests, including Amsale Abrera, Bevy Smith, Emilio Sosa, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Emily Blavatnik, Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison, Terry McMillan, Khephra Burns, and Henry McGee. Gala co-chairs were Lynne and Anthony M. Carvette, Leslie and Tom Maheras, David E. Monn, and Almaz and Marc Strachan; and vice chairs were Michele and Timothy Barakett, Judith Byrd, Eboni Marshall Turman and Rossie E. Turman III, and Yelberton R. Watkins. Together with the stars of Ailey, attendees danced the night away at the post performance party, which featured music by special guest DJ Kiss.

Students from The Ailey School perform 'Synthesis.' Photo by Christopher Duggan


AileyCampers performing a work inspired by Rennie Harris' Home. Photo by Christopher Duggan


Student from The Ailey School, Artistic Director Robert Battle, Honoree Robert Kissane and wife Angela Kissane. Photo by Christopher Duggan


Ailey at the Apollo gala decor. Photo by Christopher Duggan

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